Provisional political agreement is reached between the European Parliament and the Council on a new Batteries Regulation. The proposed Regulation is here. It will replace the existing Batteries Directive.
Once the new law enters into force, sustainability requirements on carbon footprint, recycled content and performance and durability will be introduced gradually from 2024 onwards. A more comprehensive regulatory framework on Extended Producer Responsibility will start applying by mid-2025, with higher collection targets being introduced over time. For portable batteries the targets will be 63% in 2027 and 73% in 2030, while for batteries from light means of transport, the target will be 51% in 2028 and 61% in 2031. All collected batteries will have to be recycled and high levels of recovery will have to be achieved, in particular of valuable materials such as copper, cobalt, lithium, nickel and lead.
Extensive more detailed secondary legislation will be adopted from 2024 to 2028 to enable the new regime to be fully operational.
Companies placing batteries on the EU internal market will have to demonstrate that the materials used for their manufacturing were sourced responsibly. This means that social and environmental risks associated with the extraction, processing and trading of the raw materials used for the battery manufacturing will have to be identified and mitigated.
The new Batteries Regulation will enter into force once it’s adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. It will then be added to Cardinal Environment Tailored EHS Legislation Registers & Checklists.